WILMINGTON — Peter David Buis, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Born Sept. 24, 1935, in New Hanover County, he is a son of Peter Buis and Estelle Carver Buis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Carol Keith Buis.
Mr. Buis was raised in New Hanover County and graduated from New Hanover High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1961 from his beloved UNC Chapel Hill. He spent 44 years in the petroleum and oil industry.
Mr. Buis was a lifelong Tar Heels fan. He enjoyed sports and spent several summers on Wrightsville Beach as a lifeguard. He was also an avid golfer and gardener. Above all, he enjoyed the time he had with his family.
He is survived by his children, Laura Mentor (Ken), Steve Buis (Sue Ann) and Leslie Smiley (Jack); grandchildren, Andrew Mentor (Eileen), Jana Mentor, Megg Buis, Sam Buis and Lilly Smiley; great-grandchildren, Nicolas Buis, Aaliyah Buis and Rowan Mentor; siblings, Richard Buis (Jackie), Charles Buis (Sheron) and Emily Fountain (Buddy); brothers-in-law, Douglas Keith and Brooks Keith (Ann); and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at the residence of Leslie Smiley, 3213 Grey Leaf Drive, Wilmington.